Anatomy of The Neck: Causes of Neck Pain and How to Manage the Pain

Published on December 4, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Anatomy of The Neck: Causes of Neck Pain and How to Manage the Pain

In basic terms, the neck (cervical spine) joins the shoulders and chest to the head.  The neck is one of the most complex and intricate structures in our body and includes the spinal cord, which sends messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The cervical spine is responsible for several crucial roles, including protecting the spinal cord, providing support to the head, and assisting the progress of blood flow to the brain.

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Cervical Spondylosis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Published on December 4, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Cervical Spondylosis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Cervical spondylosis, also referred to as cervical osteoarthritis, is a spine condition involving wear to the bones, joints, and discs of the neck.  Cervical spondylosis is most common in middle-aged and elderly individuals, as the discs of the cervical spine steadily deteriorate with age. According to the Mayo Clinic, over 85% of people older than age 60 have cervical spondylosis.

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Cervical Radiculopathy Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Published on July 12, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Cervical Radiculopathy Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

When a nerve in the cervical spine (neck) is irritated or damaged and causes pain and/or neurological symptoms, doctors call this condition - cervical radiculopathy.  The nerves in the spine exit the spinal column through holes in the bones of the spine (vertebrae) from the right and left sides.  The nerves exiting the spinal canal (nerve roots) are numbered from 1 to 8, based on the same vertebra numbering, which starts at 1 underneath the skull.  Radiculopathy can cause different pain, tingling, and numbness along the shoulder, arm, and/or hand depending on which nerve root is damaged.

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